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Family-friendly Starlight Music Series enters 17th year

By Kelli Nesbitt, Parks & Recreation Marketing Coordinator

For 17 years, the Starlight Music Series has attracted lovers of all types of music to enjoy free, family-friendly entertainment under the stars at the beautiful Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater.

The 2018 Starlight Music Series begins May 5, followed by shows on May 19, June 2 and June 9. Families, friends, and visitors are invited to bring their picnic baskets, coolers, blankets and lawn chairs for four Saturday nights of rockin’ fun.

Gates open for each concert at 6 p.m. and the shows start at 7. Free parking is available at Post Oak Mall, with handicap parking located off Colgate Drive. Pets are not allowed.

Here’s the entertaining lineup:

May 5: Bri Bagwell with guest Reagan Quinn
A four-time Texas female vocalist of the year, Bri Bagwell is a contemporary artist with a honky-tonk heart. She has steered clear of the Nashville star-making machine and works without a manager or a record contract, earning fans through extensive touring and independently released recordings.

May 19: Infinite Journey with guest Cherry Bomb
Infinite Journey is an international Journey tribute band based in Dallas that has played high-energy shows across the country since 2012. The five-piece group delivers a musically immersive Journey experience, focusing on the overall sound, solos, and soaring vocals that made Journey so iconic.

June 2: Hotel California
Traveling all the way from Canada, Hotel California is North America’s best tribute to The Eagles. They look and sound like The Eagles and are the next best thing. Covering all of the favorites from “Take it Easy” to “Life in the Fast Lane” and even “Hotel California.”

June 9: Cupid & The Dance Party Express with guest Mi’chel Rose & Zydeco Players
Louisiana-born R&B vocalist Bryson Bernard, popularly known as Cupid, first sang in his church choir and was encouraged by his pastor father. Cupid shuffled his way into hearts of millions with an up-tempo party song “Cupid Shuffle,” which also inspired the popular dance craze of the same name.


You may bring refreshments, but no kegs or glass containers are allowed, and coolers must be 48 quarts or smaller. Concessions are available for purchase.

Seating & Smoking

Chairs are welcome but not in designated blanket-only seating areas. Smoking is not allowed in the main seating area, but we provide two designated smoking areas.

For more information, go to or contact the Parks & Recreation Department at or 979.764.3486.

We’ll see you under the stars!


About the Blogger

Kelli Nesbitt (@kneztalk) has served the Parks & Recreation Department for 14 years, the last seven as marketing coordinator. A native of Bryan, Kelli earned a bachelor’s degree in health & kinesiology from Sam Houston State.


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Voters’ Choice returns to popular Starlight Music Series

By Gerry Logan, Recreation Supervisor

If you dream of performing on a live stage in front of enthusiastic and appreciative music fans, here’s your chance.

The crowd-pleasing Voters’ Choice contest returns to College Station’s Starlight Music Series this spring after a successful debut in 2016.

Bands and musicians over the age of 16 — and not signed under a promotional authority/contract — can enter for a chance to play at the May 6 concert at Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater. Entrants must submit one song in an MP3 format along with a YouTube video of the song being performed.

A panel of local judges will select up to 12 finalists based on song originality, stage presence, and creativity. The public will then vote April 4-15 to determine the three artists who will compete at Wolf Pen Creek for these prizes:

1st Place $750 and an artist development package by Revive45
2nd Place $500
3rd Place $250

Starlight Music Series

In College Station, the arrival of spring means more than warm temperatures, green grass, and blooming flowers. It also means the return of the popular Starlight Music Series on selected Saturdays at the Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater.

The free six-concert series opens April 8 and feature a variety of music to fit just about every taste.

Since 2002, the City of College Station has invited citizens to enjoy family-friendly entertainment under the stars. The best parts are that it’s completely free and guests can bring refreshments. Food and drink are also available for purchase on-site.

Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs, and free parking is available at Post Oak Mall. We offer a KidZone area at each concert that features bounce houses and other activities from 6-10 p.m.

Join us this spring for six nights of free musical entertainment under the stars at Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater!

2017 Concert Schedule

April 8 Texas Unlimited Band with guest Rosie Flores
May 6 Voters’ Choice winners
May 13 Will Hoge (solo) with guests Bonnie Bishop and Joey McGee
May 27 Def Leggend with guests Infinite Journey and Trio Grande
June 10 Step Rideau & the Zydeco Outlaws with guest Kidd Reece and Mo’ Live Zydeco
June 24 Cory Morrow with guest Cameran Nelson


For more information, go to or contact us at or 979.764.3486.


About the Author

Gerry Logan (@GL_sportsguy) is in his fifth year with the Parks & Recreation Department and has served as special events supervisor since 2014. He was previously the sports coordinator for the City of Clinton (Miss.) for three years. A native of Pontotoc, Miss., Gerry is a graduate student at Texas A&M after earning a degree in parks & recreation management from the University of Mississippi in 2010.


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Contest winners highlight end of 2016 Starlight season


By Mike Neu. External Relations Manager

When three new artists – Kaitlin Lindley, Stereotype, and Reptilian – take the stage at Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater on Saturday, July 2, their presence will mark a historic moment for the 15th season of College Station’s popular Starlight Music Series.

Since 2002, Starlight has provided free concerts to College Station residents and visitors with music lineups crafted months in advance by the College Station Parks & Recreation Department. But this year, the city introduced an online contest where fans could vote for a select group of musicians to decide the featured artists for the final concert of 2016.

The process began with the city soliciting interest from local and regional artists who hadn’t previously performed at Starlight. About 30 performers submitted their work and the list was narrowed to 12 finalists by a panel of community judges. Each finalist submitted a sample music video that was added to the Starlight website. Fans were then allowed to vote for their favorite each day for about 30 days from May to early June. A total of 21,890 votes were cast, and the three artists with the most votes won the opportunity to play on July 2.

Here are the final vote tallies:

Artist Votes
Kaitlin Lindley 5409 jpg | sample | info
Stereotype 5356 jpg | sample | info
Reptilian 4481 jpg | sample | info
Jack Thweatt 3909
Joey McGee 1049
Holly Tucker 341
Etched In Stone 338
HiFi Band 324
Texas Crossing 261
Grace Davis 187
Daniel Gonzales 120
Dean Davis 115

The top three artists will receive one hour of stage time and complimentary advertising and promotion for the final Starlight concert. The top vote getter, Kaitlin Lindley, will also receive a $450 artist development package from Revive 45.

Admission is free and all concerts begin at 7 p.m. Guests may bring refreshments, but glass containers are not allowed. Coolers must be 48 quarts or smaller. Concessions will be available for purchase.

Notable Starlight performers through the years include Jerry Jeff Walker, Bruce Robison, Kelly Willis, Michael Martin Murphey, Big Otis, Eddy Raven, Cowboy Mouth, Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra, Rotel and the Hot Tomatoes, Hotel California, Bellamy Brothers, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Earl Thomas Conley, Aaron Watson, Eddie Money, Foghat, and Roger Creager.

For more information about the 2016 Starlight Music Series, go to or contact Special Events Supervisor Gerry Logan at 979-764-3408 or

Special thanks to our sponsors — The Children’s Museum, Revive 45, KORA 98.3, Classic Hits 107.3 and The Beat 101.9.

Starlight by the numbers
3,200: Estimated Starlight crowd at each event over 15 seasons
288,000: Estimated total Starlight attendance over 15 seasons
$750,000: Estimated in-kind support (media, others) over 15 seasons



Mike Neu (@neu4u) has been with the City of College Station since 2007 and is in his third year as external relations manager. He served in the Texas Army National Guard from 2006-13 and in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2009-10. A native of Midland, Texas, Neu has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Texas A&M and a master’s in public administration from A&M’s Bush School of Government and Public Service.


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2 huge reasons Starlight will be better than ever

By Kelli Nesbitt, Parks & Recreation Marketing Coordinator


Lovers of all types of music have ventured to Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater since 2002 to enjoy free, family-friendly entertainment in the Starlight Music Series.

We’ve welcomed original artists performing soulful blues, 80s rock, jazz, Texas country, traditional country, and even contemporary symphony. Big names such as Willie Nelson, Eddie Money and the Bellamy Brothers have taken center stage.

While Willie’s not coming back (yet, anyway), we offer you two compelling reasons why our 15th season may be our best yet:

1. Six concerts.


Warm-up for Starlight at the Wolf Pen Creek Fajita Cook-off

Beef FajitasThink your fajitas are the best? You have a chance to prove it at the Fajita Cook-off on Saturday, May 4 at the new Wolf Pen Creek festival site.

The festival grounds are a beautifully-manicured, 10-acre green space located between the WPC Amphitheater and the Arts Council of Brazos Valley on Dartmouth Drive. The new amenities include about a half mile of 10-foot wide concrete walking trails, and water and power hookups that enable us to better serve vendors and festivals. 

The cook-off starts at noon with aprons and gift cards awarded  to three places in both commercial and non-commercial categories. The deadline to enter is April 19, so click here to register.


Will You be Starlight’s 300,000th Guest?

Although we’ve experienced many great occasions this spring at Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater, we’re expecting a truly special moment Saturday night when we welcome the 300,000th guest to the award-winning Starlight Music Series. Celebrating its 10th season, the free series has attracted 296,547 visitors for 87 previous concerts. It’s no wonder that it once again was named the Best Free Entertainment in the Brazos Valley in The Eagle’s Readers Choice awards.

Customer No. 3,453 on Saturday will enjoy yet another enchanting evening of wonderful music, good times and maybe even a surprise or two as we close our spring concert season with a performance by Satisfaction, a Rolling Stones tribute ban. This is your last chance this spring to nab a free shirt, munch some kettle corn and listen to some outstanding music under the Starlight at Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheatre.

Come join us for a fun-filled Saturday night! For more information, visit our website.

Sheila Walker
Sheila Walker
Recreation Supervisor/Special Events | Parks and Recreation